A Little History of Motorrad

By Adam Arcane

Fellow riders, this isn’t meant to be a complete history by any means.  Rather just a simple general progression of BMW cycles from the beginning that might whet your appetite for vintage bikes, either as riders or investments.  So kick back, maybe grab a pint, and take a look at a thumbnail history of the marque we ride, and many revere.

Photo: 1925 R32, by Steve Smith

Back in post WWI Germany, the economy was reeling from the devastating blow caused by the punitive Treaty of Versailles.  Many scholars agree that this punishment, which may have been appropriate at the time given the heinous war that destroyed much of Europe, led directly to the phenomenon called National Socialism via the ruin of the German economy.  Continue reading “A Little History of Motorrad”



What’s this? It’s a website focused on BMW motorcycles from 1923 to the present day. We have lots of experience with this topic, being riders and collectors, mechanics and road racing enthusiasts. We love stock machines, custom bikes, class leading technology, great imagery, and we’ll be covering BMW history and their long climb to the top of the superbike market with their S1000RR, now available in all carbon fiber.

Our interests are your interests, and we want to hear from you! We also are dyed in the wool lifelong enthusiasts of other storied marques, and we’ll run those photos from time to time. But, in the end, we are simply hooked on the flat twin Boxer in all of its varied iterations down through the years. Now that the R nineT has exploded the custom bike market, BMW life just got a lot more interesting. This is no longer the world of touring machines in black with double white pinstripes! We’ll range from the first Bavarian motorcycles, now unobtainium die to the strong collectors and investors market, to the modern era, begun in 1970 when BMW made the R75, to the present day when BMW has become The Marque to watch, no matter if you’re a Bologna fan or a Japan, Inc. rider.

So come along, share our tales both historic and slightly “Rowdy” in nature, and you’ll find our commentary enlightening, fresh, and right on. After five decades in many saddles, on many continents, in wet and dry, we’ll have many tales to tell. Auf wiederhoren! Oh, and it’s FREE!